The blood knot; [Athol Fugard] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Written for a cast of 2 males. Blood Knot is a parable of two brothers who. Athol Fugard’s The Blood Knot. Derek Cohen. Although several of the handful of internationally-known South Af- rican writers have tried their hands at drama. Complete summary of Athol Fugard’s The Blood Knot. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Blood Knot.

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Morris is fearful that fhe will discover that they have written a letter to a white woman, and urges Zach to burn the tue, but Zach is now excited by the fact that he can defy the oppressive reality of apartheid, and wants to continue writing letters to Ethel.

They are saving money in hopes of buying a farm of their own some day. His passport was revoked inafter Blood Knot appeared on British television, but was later returned to him inafter a public petition of support. They are different in temperament, but they reaffirm and support each other.

Zach spends their savings on a suit of clothes for Morris, telling him that he should go to see Ethel.

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This page is only accessible by StageAgent Pro members. Both Morris and Zachariah have rich imaginations and have taken part in role-playing games together since they were small boys. National Unified Auditions New York.

Retrieved from ” https: Morris and Zachariah will, apparently, remain together for many unhappy years to come, needing each other, but unable to bridge the gap brought about by their respective skin tones. The game becomes too real for them. The only two characters in the two-hander play are the brothers Morris and Zachariah. Half-Price Ticket Hot Sellers. Morris can pass for white, and has done so in the past, but now he has returned to live with Zachariah in a small, miserable shack in the “colored” section of Port Elizabeth.


Athool, in fact, had been tempted to use his light skin-color to try to live his life as a white man, but had been unable to live with the guilt and uncertainty that this had caused. Fugard had to endure having his home raided, and having his phone tapped by South African authorities.

Zach dictates the letters, and Fugwrd copies them. Its Broadway premiere was at the John Golden Theatreinwith Fugard and Mokae playing the brothers as they had in the play’s premiere. Morris is temporarily dejected by the loss of their savings, which for him represented their hopes for the future. To prepare for the date, Morris buys some fine “white” clothes with the money that he and his brother had been saving.

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This time, the game takes bizarre twists. He has footsores, from having to stand on his feet all day.

Thus, Morris proposes that Zach write letters to a female pen-pal. Midgley did manage to dig up things that had been missed in all the other productions.

Midgley reduced the play to 90 minutes His job is to keep black fugad from coming into the whites-only park. But Ethel sends another letter saying that she is now engaged to be married, and thus will not be coming to visit them. When he puts on the clothes, he begins to adopt the white mannerisms and speech patterns that he had learned years earlier when trying to “pass” in white society. Morris is a light-skinned colored man, Zachariah is a black man. Zachariah must face the tragic truth that he can never have a future with her, that she can never love him, and that she would be horrified to see who he really is.


Morrie wants Zach to share his dream of having a farm, but does not seem to realize that Zach must have his own dreams. The mnot ends with no real resolution. Reviewing an anniversary performance of the revival instarring Fugard himself in the role of Morris and Zakes Mokae in the role of Zach the roles both originated in South Africa inNew York Times drama critic Mel Gussow describes the play as “An artfully executed theatrical dialogue They have shared the same one-room shack for about a year.

In the end the girl decides not to visit.

Meanwhile, the lonely Zachariah has struck up a pen-pal relationship with a white girl, and entertains fantasies that she might fall in love with him. Toggle navigation Choose Section. The more level-headed Morris tries to disabuse Zachariah of such notions and warns him that in segregated South Africa, such a relationship can only mean trouble, especially knor the girl has indicated in letters that her brother is a policeman.

They are half-brothers, who have the same mother. Zachariah athool as a gatekeeper at a park. Myself as Morrie, with Charles Hyatt as Zach. Mostly male cast Includes adult characters.

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Morrie has plans for the future, but Zach has no plans. She does not know that he is black. The Armchair Theatre series. Morris looks for personal messages in the classified section of the local newspaper.

Vorster confiscated Fugard’s passport. Themes, motifs, images and the author’s own impassioned conscience are all there in organic form. Its single-performance premier was in in JohannesburgSouth Africawith the playwright and Zakes Mokae playing the brothers Morris blod Zachariah.